IRVING, Texas -- Defensive end George Selvie's surgically repaired right shoulder is sore enough to cause him to sit out practice this week.
He's adamant, however, that it isn't sore enough to sideline him for next week's regular season opener against the San Francisco 49ers.
"I'm just taking it easy," said Selvie, who banged up the shoulder in last week's preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins. "I had the surgery in the offseason, so it's a little sore right now. We're just taking it a little easy.
"Everything should be good. Everything's good. I'll be out there."
The Cowboys can ill afford to be without Selvie, who played all 16 games last season and ranked second on the team with seven sacks. They already have depth problems across the defensive line and especially at end.
Anthony Spencer is expected to come off the physically unable to perform list soon but will not be ready for Week 1. Rookie second-round pick DeMarcus Lawrence will miss several games as he recovers from surgery to repair his broken right foot.
The Cowboys need Selvie to match his production from last season, when he was a pleasant surprise after signing with Dallas during the first week of camp. That's why it makes sense to be cautious with him this week.